What makes the “Nigerian” label so attractive to scammers? Do they truly believe that calling themselves Nigerian somehow makes them more credible? Or are they truly Nigerian?
Here’s one that seems to be going around the dog forums I frequent–it’s been sent to my breeder and posted on one or two breed specific forums:
Posted by daniel obi on 10/25/2003, 2:58 pm, in reply to “Sorry, it’s me…”
[ip address deleted, not sure if that violates forum rules or not–if someone can tell me how to trace the IP or if it’s okay to post the IP in this forum, let me know]
I AM DR DANIEL OBI, COMMISSIONER OF POLICE IN - CHARGE OF DOGS SECTION IN POLICE HEADQUARTERS.I HAVE BEEN MANDATED BY THE POLICE COMMISSION TO SOURCE FOR AN INTERESTED DOG BREEDER OVERSEAS TO SUPPLY THE NIGERIA POLICE FORCE WITH 2500 PUPPIES.THESE PUPPIE
S ARE TO BE TRAINED BY OUR PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS TO HELP COMBAT AND DETECT CRIMES ACCORDINGLY.THE PUPS MUST BE BETWEEN 4-5 MONTHS OLD.
THE FERDRAL GOVT OF NIGERIA IS READY TO GIVE UPFRONT PAYMENT TO ANY INTERESTED SUPPLIER BEFORE SUPPLY IS MADE.THIS CONTRACT WILL LAST FOR A PERIOD OF 5 YEARS.
SIR, IF YOU ARE INTERESTED ON THIS OFFER,YOU ARE FREE TO CONTACT ME ON MY PHONE NUMBER 234-803-711-6296 FOR MORE DETAILS.
ALL CORRESPONDENCE SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO MY ALTERNATIVE E-MAIL ADDRESS OR
EXPECTING TO HEAR FROM YOU URGENTLY,
The entire message is [sic], formatting and all. I took out the email addresses just in case, even though the guy freely posts them on boards and in guestbooks and to private emails.
Interesting that the guy offers upfront payment. I wonder what the scam is here, or just trying to get ahold of lots of dogs? This message is being sent to breeders and forums that represent a breed that regularly sells for $1500-2500 for a pup, so I guess he’s hoping to get a lot of them to sell? Strange.